Record spree at SA ti­tles

South Aus­tralian His­toric Road Race Cham­pi­onships

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS SA HISTORIC TITLES - Re­port Bob Rosen­thal Pho­tos Rob Lewis

26-28 De­cem­ber, 2014 – McNa­mara Park, Mount Gam­bier SA

Hav­ing lost my ride on a Mol­nar Manx a cou­ple of months ago hasn’t dimmed my in­ter­est in clas­sic rac­ing. So, with that in mind my good lady wife and I rode over to Mount Gam­bier to take in the an­nual SA ti­tles at Mac Park. For those of you who haven’t had the plea­sure of at­tend­ing any race meet­ings at Mac Park, you’ve missed a treat. It is a fab­u­lous cir­cuit run by an en­thu­si­as­tic club whose mem­bers go out of their way to be as pleas­ant as pos­si­ble. This year, with a record en­try of 180 com­peti­tors, plus a cou­ple of se­ri­ous crashes their or­gan­i­sa­tion skills were well tested.

One of the events that I par­tic­u­larly wanted to see was the Pe­riod 3 500 class with Levi Day en­tered on Mick Skeer’s Macin­tosh Manx, peren­nial front run­ner Jack Wright on his Sum­mer­field Manx and Dar­ren Trot­ter on David Atkin­son’s Mol­nar G50 Matchless. This trio of speedsters are all lo­cal Gam­bians and tend to get around Mac Park like rock­ets. Add to the mix Vic­to­rian Keith Camp­bell on his ESO/Manx to keep them hon­est and it had the mak­ings of a cracker race. Un­for­tu­nately, Levi threw the Skeerie Manx away two weeks ear­lier while testing, Trot­ter and Camp­bell both had me­chan­i­cal grem­lins and Jack had it all his own way. He won all three P3 500 races at a can­ter. An­other of the events that promised spec­tac­u­lar ac­tion was the Pe­riod 3 Un­lim­ited, where young Jack was down to ride the Trease Har­ley. It didn’t front for race one due to a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem, but did for races 2 and 3. Holy mack­erel! What a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play. Cor­ner­ing and brakes are some­what “iffy”, but it has a ton of grunt. Wheel stand­ing out of turns 12 and 3, and snaking and twist­ing ev­ery­where else Jack had the throt­tle open. A great ex­hi­bi­tion of throt­tle con­trol and pa­tience. David Trot­ter (that name again) won the three-race event on a JAP en­gined mon­ster. An­other of the events that was of in­ter­est to me was the Ken Blake Me­mo­rial. I knew Kenny very well and raced against him of­ten. Simon Cook on a CB750 Honda won, but again Jack Wright wres­tled the Trease Har­ley to a well de­served sec­ond place only two tenths of a sec­ond be­hind. Simon ob­vi­ously has a rocket ship and rides it well. In do­ing so Jack man­aged to get down to a 1:18.5 lap time. I be­lieve this is a P3 Un­lim­ited lap record. The only-ever faster lap was done by David John­son on a Macin­tosh Kawasaki 1200 at 1:15.28 in 2006. Blakey would have been well pleased. The Bob Jolly Me­mo­rial, a P3, 500cc sin­gle cylin­der for­mat was again won by Jack Wright. Bren­dan O’Neill fin­ished a fine sec­ond on his lovely G50 Matchless. The side­car events were en­ter­tain­ing as usual. Great to see my friend Max Hooper do­ing well. He man­aged first in the P4 event on his Honda Win­dle with three wins from three, with pas­sen­ger Matty John­ston swing­ing for him. Peter Large and Wayne Rowe won the P3 and Ian Gard­ner with Kevin Burns won the P5. Other than a cou­ple of un­for­tu­nate crashes it was a fab­u­lous week­end of cut and thrust clas­sic rac­ing. Pity I wasn’t out on track, but it gave me a chance to catch up with peo­ple I wouldn’t have been able to if I had leathers on. Well done to the His­toric Road Rac­ing Reg­is­ter of South Australia.

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